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Federal CARES Act Student Emergency Aid
Awards will be processed within 2 weeks of application. After the application is reviewed, the student will receive a message via their S&T email account notifying them of the outcome. Award amount decisions cannot be appealed.
Emergency aid funds will be paid directly to the student's account and processed as a refund. If a student has direct deposit, the funds will be sent directly to the student's bank account. If no direct deposit is established, a check will be issued and may delay when the student receives the funds due to processing. Information on setting up direct deposit can be found on the Cashier's website.
As emergency aid funds are given directly to the student, it does not cover any balance that might still remain on the student's account. It is the student's responsibility to still pay any remaining balance that might exist.
Supporting documentation (receipts) may be requested for certain expenses in order to help approve appropriate funds. These expenses must be the result of the COVID-19 disruptions of campus operations. The dates on the supporting documentation should coincide with the timing of the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. Student Financial Assistance will contact the student requesting any necessary documentation and students should not submit documents unless requested.
Examples of supporting documentation that may be requested for emergency funds may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Housing: Lease or rental agreement, utility bills
- Travel: Plane ticket, rental truck
- Course Materials: Store receipts
- Technology: Laptop/computer, internet connection
- Healthcare costs: Procedures, doctor appointments, medication costs that insurance will not cover
- Child Care Expenses: Copy of agreement/receipt outlining costs
Supporting documents may be submitted to Student Financial Assistance office through the Secure File Upload in Joe'SS. To upload documents, please select the "CARES Act Documents" as the document type in the Secure File Upload. Additional information on how to use the Secure File Upload can be found on our website.
CARES Act funds are one-time grants specific to expenses resulting COVID-19 disruption of campus operations. The funds cannot be counted as part of your gross income or for tax credits. More information is available on the IRS website.
If you or your parent/legal guardians (or spouse for an independent student) have lost your job or income as a result of COVID-19, we encourage you to reach out to our office regarding a possible Special Circumstance review for the FAFSA.
Care Management Services is also available for students and offer a number of services:
- Help managing complex needs
- Connection to resources and funding options
- Solution-focused problem solving including concerns with well-being, academic, employment, emergency needs, etc.
- Assistance navigating processes or procedures
- Coordination and follow-up support
You can connect with Care Management during their virtual office hours Mon-Fri from 2-4 PM (https://umsystem.zoom.us/j/663380565) or schedule a specific consultation time by contacting email@example.com.
If you are concerned about another student, please refer them to UCARE at https://go.mst.edu/ucare-report